Hoover, Fowler lead honorees

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Central High School’s varsity baseball team received a combined total of all-state, all-region and all-conference selections that matched its win total for the 2017 season — 17.

Leading the Charger honorees were junior Ethan Hoover and senior Chris Fowler.

As a designated hitter, Fowler was the lone Central player to make the All-Region 1A East first team. He also was also named to the Group 1A all-state second team and the All-Conference 42 first team.

Hoover was named Conference 42 baseball Player of the Year while also making the all-conference first team as both a pitcher and a first baseman.

Central Head Coach Michael Atkins said he was quite happy for Hoover receiving the top player accolade.

“I think the fact that he made first team all-conference at two positions certainly put him in a good position to earn that award,” the coach said.

Hoover, who also made the all-region second team as both a pitcher and first baseman, finished the season with a 6-2 record on the mound. In 51 innings pitched, he threw 54 strikeouts, allowed only nine walks and had an ERA of 1.9.

He also had a .912 field efficiency rating.

Hoover had a .333 batting average, a .417 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

Last year, he was an all-conference first team pitcher and second team first baseman.

Fowler, who was an all-conference second team catcher last season, has made it three years in a row that Central has had a player receive all-state recognition.

Atkins also said he was quite happy for Fowler.

“And this year, for us to move in a different direction at catcher, he didn’t pout about it, hang his head, quit working,” the coach said. “He focused on what his role was going to be on the team and being the best at it he could be. And I think that just speaks volumes as to the kind of person and player Chris Fowler is.”

He batted .301, had a .412 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs, 14 runs scored, nine walks and six stolen bases.

Junior outfielder Nate Nowlin made the all-conference first team and the all-region second team.

“I don’t even think it’s a question — he’s probably our hardest worker on the team,” Atkins said.

Nowlin batted .348 with a .499 on-base percentage. He had 16 RBIs, 26 runs scored, 18 walks and 19 stolen bases.

Last year, he was an all-conference first team and all-region second team third baseman.

Junior pitcher Christian Hall repeated as an all-conference first team pitcher, and he also received all-region honorable mention this year.

“He got better on the mound, more consistent with his control and his ball/strike ratio,” Atkins said.

Hall pitched 38 innings, had a 5-1 record, 41 strikeouts, allowed only four walks and had a 2.763 ERA.

Offensively, he batted .300, had a .453 on-base percentage, 21 runs scored, 13 walks, nine RBIs and one home run.

Other Chargers making the all-conference second team included senior outfielder Malik Foster, senior second baseman Chandler Childress, junior outfielder Noah Dunbar, junior catcher Jeff Goodwin and junior shortstop L.J. Watson.

Photo by Joe Moore
Central High School senior Chris Fowler made the all-region and all-conference first teams as a designated hitter.